Giants' Manning throws four touchdowns

Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:07am EDT
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(Reuters) - Eli Manning threw four touchdown passes and enjoyed his best performance in more than a year as the New York Giants thrashed the Washington Redskins 45-14 on Thursday.

Manning had not produced a four-touchdown effort since the first game of last season. He finished with 300 passing yards and also scored a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"His confidence has risen and his confidence in his team has risen," Giants' coach Tom Coughlin said of Manning and the quarterback's development in new coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense.

Receiver Victor Cruz had six catches for 108 yards while the running game churned out 154 yards on the ground.

Giants' tight end Larry Donnell was Manning's preferred target in the first half when he caught three touchdown passes to give New York a 24-7 lead.

Washington opened the second half with a 20-yard rushing score by Alfred Morris, but New York then capitalised on turnovers to close the game with 21 unanswered points.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, who thrilled fans last week against Philadelphia, gave away four interceptions and also had a fumble.

"We were abysmal offensively and defensively," said Redskins coach Jay Gruden. "(Kirk) was trying to create a spark, and there was no spark there and he just forced a few throws.

"By no means can we put the blame on Kirk for this game. This was a total team debacle."   Continued...

Sep 25, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws the ball over Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Giants won 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports